Opinion

Tolling limited-access roads a funding option

Letters to the Editor

After reading Our View in the July 8 Mirror, I recalled writing you as well as a number of our elected officials with a simple solution to this ridiculous scenario of the debt being incurred by the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission. It is not with the feds where the problem lies, but rather ...

Mandate lead test for schools

Editorials

Whether or not state House Bill 2025 becomes law — we hope it will — Pennsylvania school districts should comply with the proposed law’s intent of having all school buildings’ water tested for presence of lead, a neurotoxin interferes with children’s ability to learn and ...

Eichelberger: Facts don’t match story

Letters to the Editor

I must set the record straight after reading the Altoona Mirror’s front-page story on June 22 about a Blair County Republican Committee meeting where a change was proposed to its rules concerning the election of the party’s chair. I am not on the committee and didn’t attend the ...

Iran got $2 billion; US received nothing

Letters to the Editor

According to senior cleric in the Iranian Parliament, President Barack Obama and his administration traded U.S. citizenship for at least 2,500 Iranians in the middle of the negotiations over the nuclear agreement. According to Iran’s Etemad Newspaper, Obama offered this as a favor to ...

Heed judge’s warning

Editorials

There was everything to like about the way Blair County Judge Jackie Bernard handled a 19-year-old’s burglary case on July 6. Hopefully, the young man learned enough from the experience to ensure that he’ll never again come before Bernard or any other judge as a defendant. We hope many ...

School board shows fiscal irresponsibility

Letters to the Editor

I have seen numerous letters in the Mirror over the past few years complaining about the fiscal irresponsibility of certain members of the Altoona Area School Board. Despite their numbers being reduced in the last election and being replaced by more fiscally responsible individuals, the “tax ...

Americans must stop divisive rhetoric

Letters to the Editor

We, the American people from all nationalities and religions, Democrats, Republicans and independents, need to stop, open our eyes and take a good look at what’s going on around us. We need to listen closely at what’s being said. Let’s make it perfectly clear; one of two things in this ...

Only creation explains abundance of species

Letters to the Editor

I want to respond to a letter that argued the undeniable existence of evolution. My point is not to argue against the existence of evolution. An organism adapting to its environment over time makes some sense to me. However, mutations typically do not result in a more complex and more ...

Spotlight on Garver offered new insights

Letters to the Editor

My sincerest thanks to Sean Sauro for his Monday Spotlight feature on Hugh Garver, one of my favorite professors at Penn State Altoona. What a pleasure it was to study under Garver, as he was always kind and respectful and always had time to assist and work with his students. He is a true ...

US debt choking America

Editorials

The $21.2 trillion national debt today is worrisome enough. But it is going to get worse, according to the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office. You may want to sit down for this: Within 30 years, the national debt will top $100 trillion, if nothing changes, the CBO is predicting. That ...

Mirror should remove its Opinion page

Letters to the Editor

After reading the Mirror’s view, “Sad day for the free press,” I was unable to follow how you somehow connected the tragedy at the Capital Gazette with attacks on the free press. The perpetrator was an evil deranged man with a personal vendetta. It was a scene that could have, and has, ...

Libraries help prevent the ‘Summer Slide’

Letters to the Editor

While the Summer Slide may sound like a ride at one of our local amusement parks, it refers to the loss of academic skills and knowledge while students are out of school for the summer. Researchers have shown that students’ progress in subjects like reading and math can be reduced by one to ...

Organ shortage thorny

Editorials

In this country there remains a serious shortage of human organs such as kidneys for transplantation. Despite informational efforts aimed at encouraging people to designate themselves as organ donors, many healthy organs go to people’s graves instead of helping to save or better someone ...

Prosecution of cases doesn’t seem equal

Letters to the Editor

William Higgins, former Bedford County District Attorney, charged with “unconscionable crimes” by Attorney General Josh Shapiro is allowed to plea bargain a deal with no jail time or felonies. He is released on $50,000 unsecured bond, and he may lose his license. I would hope this ...

Pa. lading turnpike with debt

Editorials

News that turnpike tolls will go up 6 percent in January was neither a surprise nor welcome. The toll increase — which, like state pension contributions — are going nowhere but up in the coming years, largely because of shortsighted decisions years ago by lawmakers and the governor. Not ...

Stun gun use raises serious questions

Editorials

Video of a Lancaster city police officer using a stun gun against a black man went viral last week after it was uploaded to Facebook. According to the Lancaster City Bureau of Police, officers responded to a disturbance on the first block of South Prince Street involving a man identified as ...

US should send illegal immigrants back

Letters to the Editor

A quick fix to the immigration problem at the border of Texas would be to give them all five days’ ration and water and send them back where they came from. Why are so many Hollywood celebrities ranting and raving about how we should take these people in and feed and clothe them and give ...

Where’s humanity in Trump’s actions?

Letters to the Editor

Beginning in April, the Trump administration has forcibly separated over 2,300 immigrant children from their parents. They have no plan in place to reunite these children with their parents. The children were shipped, mostly under cover of darkness, to centers all over the country. For ...

Take jury summons seriously

Editorials

The Blair County court system’s latest crackdown on people who’ve ignored summonses for jury duty, while commendable, could have been made more effective for both the short and longer terms. Regarding some of the individuals who ignored their summonses multiple times, the $25 or $50 fines ...

Republicans will miss work of Kaneshiki

Letters to the Editor

Let’s read a bit of information to help level the playing field, shall we? Who, upon accepting the office of chair of the Blair County Republican Party, discovered their rented office to be two months in arrears in rent and facing a $750 fine from the state party. Who, with frugal ...